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Court rules people can’t be prosecuted for sleeping in streets; Spokane to review its own ordinances

After a federal appeals court ruled that prosecuting people for sleeping on the street when they can’t find shelter is unconstitutional, Spokane’s city officials are reviewing local ordinances that restrict …


Shawn Vestal: Downtown Spokane concerns expose hypocrisy

There’s a wonderful scene in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life,” in which officers in the British army that is violently “colonializing” Africa display their obtuseness when they are told …


Shawn Vestal: Enforcing sit-lie law would be bigger crime

Supporters of the city’s new sit-lie law said repeatedly Monday night that they were not trying to criminalize homelessness. Starting with City Councilman Mike Allen – who put air quotes …


Shawn Vestal: Instead of clearing sidewalk, learn to share

I walked through downtown Spokane – and lived to tell about it. Just went out and walked around. Crazy, huh? Intrepid? Down Riverside. Over to the park. Looked at the …


Spokane City Council president stalls ‘sit-lie’ law

A proposed expansion of powers for Spokane police expected to decrease criminal behavior downtown has been partly blocked by City Council President Ben Stuckart after detractors said it would “criminalize …